A car crashed into a pillar of the Brandenburg Gate in downtown Berlin on Monday night. Firefighters found a dead man in the car, a police spokesman said early in the morning. Except for him, most likely no one was in the car at the time of the collision. “According to initial findings, no other people were harmed,” the police later said on Twitter.

The car – a dark vehicle with a notchback – was reported to have crashed into the capital’s landmark on Sunday evening around 11.30 p.m. coming from the east of the central boulevard Unter den Linden. The badly damaged vehicle came to a standstill wedged between two pillars of the gate. Black marks and minor chips were visible on the massive pillars. It was initially unclear how fast the vehicle was driving, as was the identity of the driver and the background to the incident.

The man’s body was recovered from the completely demolished wreck during the night. According to the fire department, 30 emergency services were on site. A privacy screen was erected around the wrecked car.

Investigators secured evidence at the scene of the incident on Pariser Platz in the Mitte district. It was still unclear in the morning whether the square in front of the Brandenburg Gate, which is popular with tourists, would be made freely accessible again during the day.

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